|Date Range||1800 - 1899|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Rubin Museum of Art|
|Catalogue #||acc.# P1995.19.1|
Green Tara (Tibetan: drol ma jang ku): Saviouress from all fears.
Tibetan: Drol ma jang ku
Emerald green in colour, peaceful and relaxed, Tara extends the right hand across the knee in the mudra (gesture) of supreme generosity while holding the stem of a blue utpala flower blossoming at the right ear. The left hand is held to the heart in the mudra of blessing and holds the stem of an utpala blossoming at the left ear. Adorned with a tiara of gold, jewels and three small blue flowers, she wears earrings, necklaces, bracelets and flowing silk garments of various colours. With the right leg extended in a relaxed manner, resting on a small lotus flower, and the left leg drawn up Tara is seated above a moon disc and lotus blossom surrounded by a blue-orange nimbus and bright red areola framed with red and white lotus flowers and dark green leaves.
Directly above is the peaceful goddess of longevity, of Ushnishavijaya, white in colour with three faces and eight hands; seated on a lotus flower surrounded by billowing green and blue clouds. Filling all the space surrounding the central figure, in neat geometric rows, are 333 miniature forms of Green Tara.
Tara is a completely enlightened buddha who in a previous life promised to appear, after enlightenment, in the form of a female bodhisattva and goddess for the benefit of all beings. Her primary activity is to protect from the 8 and 16 fears. Practiced in all Schools of Tibetan Buddhism her various forms are found in all classes of tantra - Nyingma and Sarma.
Jeff Watt 9-98